Reindeer Cyclone

Herd of reindeer, Ljungris, Sweden (photo from Wikimedia Commons)

15 December 2023

Reindeer, also known as caribou (Rangifer tarandus), have been hunted by humans for thousands of years. An individual reindeer is vulnerable but the herd has a defense mechanism that protects them from humans, polar bears, grizzlies, wolves and other predators. It’s called a reindeer cyclone.

For another view, see this video excerpt from PBS Nature’s program about Vikings that shows reindeer making a cyclone to evade a hunter and it works.

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